The sovereign republic of Israel, the State of Israeli in the parlance of international law is located on the south-eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, having frontiers with Lebanon on the north, Egypt shares with Israel its Southern borders and Syria and Jordan are the neighbors located on the East. The most important day in the history of Israel is May, 14th 1948 when David Ben-Gurion, the then incumbent Head of the Mundial Zionist Organization proclaimed the officially the creation of the new state. Although the declaration caused multiple and sanguinary armed hostilities with the neighboring Arabic states, which resulted in the numerous Israeli invasions to the adjacent territories, the Gaza Strip in particular. The conflicts were finalized with the peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, but the hostilities with the newly-born Palestinian state, which legitimacy and sovereignty is still hotly disputed by Israel on the international level are still undetermined.
The population of the State of Israel is reported to number 7, 980, 000 inhabitants, with the overwhelming majority of whom being Jewish. The minorities include the Arabic and the Muslim communities.
Nowadays, the State of Israeli actively is participating in the international relations, being one of the leading pillars of the Western democracy on the Far East, defending the ideas of civilized contemporary community and solidifying democracy there. This paper is to examine the cultural perspective of the state and the factors that significantly contribute to the development of cultural life of this state, to overview the military past and present of the region and to outline basic information on the infrastructure of the region. The paper is finalized with the geographical profile of the country, providing the basics about the weather of the country. Moreover, the aforementioned issues are regarded through the perspective they affect the development of civil institutions of the country, the effect on the economy and the civil movements of the national minorities and other factors.
Cultural Profile of the Country
The cultural life of this country is ubiquitously reported to be one of the most dynamically developing and versatile. The biggest contributor to the heterogeneous nature of the Israeli culture is the fact that this country did not evolve naturally, but it was rather artificially created due to the coordinated and orchestrated by Ben-Gurion efforts of the Israeli politicians, military and religious chiefs. As a result, the population of this country is known to have originated from more than 100 countries and therefore each national minority brought their cultural element to the melting pot, which is nowadays known to be the State of Israeli.
The cultural life of the country took it roots before the intentions to create a sovereign country were expressed. Traditionally, religion was the predominant factor that united the Jews and solidified their coordination and national consolidation ( Torstick, 2004).
The main centers of the country are the city of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Tel Aviv is primarily the center of religion and traditional Jewish culture, since a great many of secular institutions are located there.
The Influence of Religion
The cultural customs and traditions of this country are closely connected with the national beliefs, faiths, superstitions and clerical doctrine of the country. Art has been seriously influenced by the dominant character of religion in the Israeli society. The major role is played by the so-called doctrine of Zionism, which connects the Jewish Nationhood with the lands in where the state is located nowadays (Spencer, 1967). Although somehow this doctrine resembles nationalism and even contains the basic elements of chauvinism, this way of thinking and acting is reported to be predominant in the State of Israeli.
Overall, the Faith exercises profound and crucial effect on the development of the cultural institutions across the targeted country.
Musical Perspective of the Country
The development of classical music performed by the Jewish musicians was reported to reach its heyday in the early 1930s migrated from the territories occupied and targeted for occupation by the political regime of Adolf Hitler ( Howe, 1997). The musical actors of Jewish origin became internationally acknowledged and performed outstandingly in the United States and in the unoccupied European countries.
1980 was the year of paramount importance, since the National Opera of Israel was installed that year. In 1990, the development of classical music was intensified by the dense influx of the Jewish immigrants from the countries of the recently collapsed USSR. Some of the newly adopted citizens of the Israeli state happened to be talented musicians who have made significant contribution to the development and thrive of the Israeli classical music worldwide.
Modern music of Israel is closely connected with the rising popularity of Hassidic songs and music motives. Although hip-hop, heavy metal and pop music is becoming increasing important for the communities of Israel and are primarily used for the needs of entertainment , the religious motives nevertheless runs through them.
The Theater in Israel
The theater of Israeli first emerged five decades before the state gained its independence. Habimah, which is known to be among the pioneers of the Israeli theatrical stage was created in 1917 and toured through the Eastern, European and American countries.
The repertory of the theatre became very specific and peculiar after the war was finished. More exactly, it became focused on the issues connected with Holocaust and the escalation of the progressing conflict with the Arabic world. Another theme that was widely elucidated by the theatres of Israel was the disillusionment of the dreams which were expressed by the citizens of the country before the emergence of the country was declared.
The fact that shall also be highlighted is that more than the half of the plays staged in Israel has been written by the domestic writers of the targeted country.
Cinema in the Country
The filming industry of the country took its roots in the early 1950s. Generally, the filmmakers of Israeli origin persevere in making their films heroic, depicting the episodes of the Israeli history and illuminating the conspicuous exploits of the Israeli heroes. The main thematic of the movies included the armed struggle of the Jewish partisans during the World War II, the travails of the captured Israel people in the concentration camps of the Nazi Germany ( Jones, 1986).
The new development of the Israeli cinematography commenced with the outset of the rising confrontations with the Arab World. The external policy of the Israeli government is entirely justified in the movies and somehow the predominant majority of such movies can be construed as a political propaganda for the society
Sport in Israeli
Sport has always been considered as one most important aspects of the life of the Israeli people. Despite the fact that the skills and prowess of the Israeli athletes were widely accepted by the international community, the exacerbated confrontations with the Arabic world ultimately led to the isolation and boycott of the Israeli sportsmen by the Asian community. In 1994 the leading European sports controlling organizations admitted Israel to compete on the European sports competitions and the new era of the Israel sports development began ( Schinlder, 2006).
Generally, sport is integrally connected with the Israeli culture. The importance of the personal physical development has been widely admonished by the leading clerical authorities and vigorous public campaigns are waged in the country to impel the population to engage actively in the sports activities.
Traditional Israeli Food
The main feature of the traditional Israeli cuisine is the fact that it is a unique fusion of the genuinely traditionally Hebrew dishes and immigrant food ( Spencer, 1997). It has been influenced to the greatest extent by the Middle East and Palestinian food and beverages in particular. Moreover, with the rising migratory waves from Europe and the countries of the former USSR greatly contributed to the diversification of the Israeli cuisine.
The effect of the food on the Israeli community is tremendous. Not a single traditional holiday is spent without the preparation of the traditional dishes, and therefore it can be concluded that the cuisine is significant not only from the cultural or other perspectives, but most importantly it is integrally connected with the religious practice and traditional beliefs of the country (Torstick, 2004).
Overall, it can be recapitulated that the cultural life of the targeted country is very diverse and dynamic. Since the culture develops expediently, these factors significantly contribute to the proliferation of the democratic institutions and other positive accomplishments of the contemporary civilization.
The Military Situation in Israel
The first conflicts over the coastal areas of the Jordan River started in the 1964. The union of the Arabic nations launched numerous provocative activities to engage in the armed hostilities with the newly-established country. In 1967 Israeli was even forced to start preventive bombardments on the Egyptian territory and the so-called Six Day War was started. That war was especially outspoken, owing to the fact that it facilitated Israel to manifest to the scrutinizing international community the military prowess of the country and their military dominance over their multiple Arabic enemies.
The next exacerbation of the conflict with the Arab world took place in 1973, when the armed forces of Israel were unexpectedly assaulted by the outnumbering Arabian, Syrian and Egyptian Forces, which were jointly coordinated by the Egyptian joint commandment.
Significant achievement was reached in 1990, when Israeli government ratified the Memorandum that regulated the issue of the Palestinian autonomy. In 2006 the country was extensively bombed by the Hezbollah artillery and their commandos captivated two Israeli soldiers which led to the intensification of the armed hostilities among the countries and the notorious Gaza War was incepted . The armed hostilities of local nature lasted for several years consecutively and resulted in the intense 2012 Israeli military intervention into the Palestine territories.
Geographical Profile of the Country
The climate of Israel is majorly arid in is nature. For the country constant lack of water supply and dry weather is typical. Only areas adjacent to the Jordan River, the Red Sea and the Ocean do not report to suffer from the lack of water. Climate on the coastal areas of the country is typically Mediterranean one.
The temperatures are not stable over the country. The regions covered with the mountain chains are susceptible to the open winds and consequently the average aggregate temperature of such regions is low. Besides, in contrast to other areas of the country, the snowfall sometimes happens in the mountainous regions of the country.
Coastal areas of the country are warmer than the mountainous ones due to their close sea location. The rains are quite rare in Israel. Because the water supplies cannot be replenished natural ways, the authorities of the country developed sophisticated water-saving technologies.
Having summarized the main points of the essay, it can be recapitulated that the military, geographical and cultural factors are extremely important to the evolution of the Israeli society. Moreover, provided that present tempos of development are upheld, the country is very likely to become the leading state on the Far East.